Morgan Four-Wheelers are returning to the US in January 2023 after a 15-year hiatus


Morgan four-wheel drive sports cars return to North America after 15 years. The British company expects its first Plus 4 cars to hit dealerships in January 2023, with the more powerful Plus 6 following six months later.

The turnaround is thanks to the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act, which was introduced in 2015 but didn’t come into force until 2021. Most obviously, it helps the small-batch replica car industry by getting rid of most federal standards designed to resemble cars built at least 25 years earlier and whose annual production does not exceed 5,000. But since Morgan’s cars look very much like they did when Roosevelt sat in the big chair, it’s pretty useful for the British sports car brand too.

Morgans were intermittently available in the US during the brand’s 113-year history, but fully built four-wheelers have not been sold in North America since the slinky, cross-eyed Aero 8 lost its smart-airbag exception in 2008.

A few Morgan four-wheelers have still made their way across the Atlantic over the past 15 years, but only through a somewhat complicated process of shipping non-motorized cars from the UK and then fitting them with a federalized engine on US soil. Basically you had to really want it to work.

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The brand had a small presence in the US thanks to the success of the 3 Wheeler, revived in 2010 and able to circumvent car safety legislation by, as the name suggests, only having three wheels. This vehicle went out of production last year, but the all-new 3 wheeler, which gets an all-new aluminum chassis and swaps out a motorcycle V-twin for a Ford inline-three-cylinder automotive engine, should be available in the US before the end of 2022.

The first of the four-wheelers to arrive in North America is the Plus Four, which launched in other markets in 2020 and is powered by a BMW B48 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder mated to a choice of six-speed manual transmissions . This will be followed six months later by the Plus 6, which uses a BMW B58 3.0-liter straight-six. Morgan already uses these engines in its European cars, but North American cars must use powertrains specifically homologated for that region.

While its current 4x4s may look similar enough to its historic models to qualify for the low volume exemption, under the skin they are radically different. Both are built around an aluminum chassis, Morgan has discontinued its traditional steel chassis for 2020. Fear not, purists; They still have a classic ash frame on which the body panels are mounted.

Morgan has yet to release North American pricing, but a Plus 4 currently starts in the UK from £64,995 ($79,100) and a Plus 6 from £84,995 ($103,400). The new 3 wheeler is priced at a confirmed $54,000 plus destination and local taxes. That’s not beer money, but impending re-expansion into the US market has also forced Morgan to recruit new dealers, one of whom is currently selling Ferraris in Colorado, and we can imagine a well-heeled Ferrari buyer or two wanting to do the same Turning heads B. a 3-Wheeler, Plus Four or Plus Six, and adding a Morgan to the cart.

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